December 2004 to January 2005
Each section of this phase has a summary description, photos,
and Blog entries. The Blogs (short for web logs) were created during the trip by
Eric and Will, and have been copied here.
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highlight photos of the whole trip.
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Will arrived (by plane) early 15 December
to meet me and start the trip.
He spent less than half a day in London, then we set
off by public transport to Waterloo Station.
Eurostar (later than planned) to Brussels, where we ran
and caught the next train
2 days and 2 nights on a direct train from Brussels to
17 hours in Moscow where we did sight-seeing and
4 days and 4 nights Moscow to Irkutsk, near Lake Baikal
car to Listvyanka, a village on the edge of Lake
Baikal; 2 nights there
car back to Irkutsk and there for 2 nights
Christmas Day spent on the train to Vladivostok on the
Pacific Ocean; 3 nights and 4 days
3 nights in Vladivostok spent sightseeing and wandering
1 night and 2 days on the train to Harbin, China, with
a brutal border crossing
Harbin for 2 nights; saw the Tiger Park and the amazing
Day-trip train down to Beijing
3 days in Beijing for me, 4 for Will; sightseeing,
shopping, and Internet Cafés
Will caught a flight home, via a night in Amsterdam and
a change in London
I continued on by train to Hanoi, 2 nights and 1 day
2 days and 1 night in Hanoi
to Paris, then Eurostar to London
Eric - from London